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With "Lovin' Pretty Women", the Steep Canyon Rangers dig even deeper into a traditional bluegrass sound, but with a sophisticated twist. It's an album filled with the vim and vigor of a band in love with making music. The Rangers have written their own material since they first started jamming together in a stairwell on the campus of UNC. The group is blessed with artistic vision, a gift for songwriting and an intense desire to create their own unique sound. That's why the Rangers have been able honor the bluegrass masters who came before while nudging the genre forward in new and exciting ways.

"Traditionally, bluegrass bands have gotten by playing all the standards," says Sharp. "Most of those songs have all been done and they've been done really well. Why try to recreate something that you can't outdo? So that was our motivation to just be original. It gave us the opportunity to figure out how to be unique within a format steeped in tradition."

The new album showcases a band at the top of its game, whether dipping their banjos and guitars in the gospel water of "Be Still Moses" or telling stories from the coalmines in "Call The Captain" and "Cumberland Moon." The Rangers' compelling harmonies throughout are testament to the band's belief that the voice is as vital a musical instrument as anything with strings.

Whether they're "Lovin' Pretty Women" or making new fans all over the world, there s one thing the Steep Canyon Rangers will definitely be doing creating timeless acoustic music that honors tradition, while boldly moving it into the future.

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The Steep Canyon Rangers are part of a new wave of young bluegrass bands that specialize in tearing it up. They concentrate in turning the energy up past hot to fricassee...Some bluegrass bands...are great vocalists who also happen to be good pickers, while others... are hot players who can sing. The Steep Canyon Rangers sit smack in the middle of these two camps....I m pretty confident in stating that the Steep Canyon Rangers are going to be even more successful due to Lovin' Pretty Women. --Vintage Guitar Magazine, October '07

The stuff American success stories used to be made of a bunch of college pals form a band and become the genre's newest break out act. Accenting voice as much as instrumental prowess, this is what separates them from the rest of the pack. That, and they choose to do different material than what has already been done by everyone. The spark ignites. On their second [sic] album, they still have the fresh vibe in tact and can relate to country audiences as well as jam band audiences. They just might well be the new standard bearers of acoustic music. --Midwest Record, June 23, 2007

"I have seen the 'Rangers' live more than a few times. Much to our pleasant suprise, we shared a stage at a festival with them in Wyoming recently. I found their music to be thought provoking, creative, and energetic. The Steep Canyon Rangers, collectively and individually, are wonderful pickers and singers. Witnessing their comittment to honor the tradition of a true american art form, bluegrass; and their uniquely youthful Carolinian voice is a joy for not only the audience, but other musicians as well." --John Cowan


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  • Audio CD (August 14, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rebel Records
  • ASIN: B000SQKYV6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,074 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Ross on August 15, 2007
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Playing Time - 35:52 -- Eventually the Steep Canyon Rangers will no longer be just in their 20s. By the time they turn thirty, they'll be well-known far and wide for their brilliant performances and excellent recordings. Their fifth album since forming as a band in 1999, "Lovin' Pretty Women" has all the same splendid ingredients of previous releases that helped them win IBMA's 2006 Emerging Artist of the Year Award. The young, hard-working, and prolific band has been able to tour heavily since their jump to going full-time in 2001. Being on the road can be grueling, and the Steep Canyon Rangers have been able to maintain personnel stability that few bluegrass bands can claim. In early 2005, Woody Platt (guitar, vocals), Mike Guggino (mandolin, vocals), Graham Sharp (banjo, guitar, vocals), Charles R. Humphrey III (bass) welcomed a fifth permanent member (fiddler Nicky Sanders) to the band. Although Sanders is a Californian, he fit right in with the other guys who originally met while students at UNC in Chapel Hill. The band found Nicky attending the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Collectively, they have the right attitude, gumption, original material, and most importantly traditionally-rooted chops to make a serious go of it.

Previous albums from the Rangers have enlisted the production assistance of folks like Curtis Burch or Mike Bub. Engineered by Wyatt Rice (who also guests on rhythm guitar), "Lovin' Pretty Women" was produced by Ronnie Bowman who lays in some harmony or backing vocals on four tracks. A third guest (Randy Kohrs on Dobro) slides gold into two numbers ("Don't Ease Me In" and "Pickin' on Josh"). Rebel Records' support is helping these boys climb the sheer walls and precipitous cliffs to stardom. Since the O Brother!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert R. Lyon on September 4, 2007
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The latest CD from the 2006 IBMA Emerging Artists of the Year. These five
great young men and artists are emerging no more - they have indeed arrived! A great follow up to the outstanding CD, "One Dime at a Time".
This CD showcases the Rangers writting ability (they write most of their
own music), the individual talents of each as an outstanding instrumentalist(most of them were recently initially nominated for individual IBMA 2007 instrumentalist awards) and great, great tight harmonies. The Rangers clearly have a passion for what they do - you must do yourselves a favor and see them in person (they all do a wonderful job of "meet and greet"!). The title cut, "Lovin'Pretty Women" will clearly quickly move to # 1 on the charts. They cover a wide range of great new and traditional bluegrass music. Each of the songs on this CD are equally strong, but I am particularly impressed with "Ramblin' Man is a Ramblin'Man", "Call the Captain","Be Still Moses", Don't Ease Me In",
and "New Sleepy Eyed John" and of course, "Lovin' Pretty Women" (it is certainly a candidate for song of the year!). Today's bluegrass music does
just not get any better than this!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By joseph cromwell on February 8, 2008
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oh do these guys rock!! great traditional bluegrass ! i met them at Tottenham, Ontario festival last summer and they stole the show! the fiddle player is just amazing. but all of them together just pour it out. great Cd to have playing while just riding around! these guys are goin places!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BillyBob on November 1, 2009
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I had listened to a few SCR songs on XM Radio's 'Bluegrass Junction'.
I had the extreme good fortune to catch these guys up close and live at the 'Pickin In The Pines' Festival in Flagstaff, Arizona this last September ('09).
One word ; WOW !!! These guys are the real deal and from the time they took to the stage until they played their last song of the afternoon, everyone in the crowd from 9 to 90 was either on their feet or sitting in their seats dancing while sitting down.
I have all their CD's and their first offering that I know of titled 'old dreams and new dreams' in 2001 was great and SCR just keeps getting better and better with the release of every new CD.
If I had to choose a favorite CD it would be Lovin' Pretty Women. In all fairness though I just got their latest CD "Deep In The Shade" and really haven't had the chance to give it a good listen aside from what the band played live off of deep in the shade up in Flagstaff and what I heard there was truly amazing!!!
The song on Lovin' Pretty Women that stands out the most for me anyway is "call the captain"... Great song. The band as a whole is high energy, tight, meticulous and the same time very down home. Very friendly and very approachable at their performances. It's a no brainer that Steve Martin wanted these guys with him on his "the Crow" tour now in progress at a venue near you!!
If you love bluegrass you're gonna wear this one out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By hifiman5 on June 14, 2011
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These guys can write, play and sing. Tuneful bluegrass songs that highlight the individual talents of the group but everything sounds so together. The Steep Canyon Rangers had fun making this album...you will feel it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Debra Jan Bibel TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 6, 2011
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As an urban Bay Area native, I am fairly far away from country, but bluegrass somehow gets into my bones. The caveat is that the band must be uncommonly good, innovative, energetic, and although the quintet composition may be standard--fiddle, mandolin, bass, guitar, and banjo--arrangements need to be clever and balanced. Moreover, the lead vocals and harmonies have to have that special quality. Steep Canyon Rangers has got it all and this album, Lovin' Pretty Women, is delightful. I am listening with a peculiar smile on my face. And they compose their own, very fine songs, too! Woody Platts smooth twang, Graham Sharp's powerful banjo work, Nicky Sanders, accenting fiddling, and the rhythm section of Charles Humprey III, bass, Platt on guitar, and Mike Guggino, improvisational mandolin, keep the energy high. Guest musicians are Wyatt Rice on guitar, Randy Kohrs on dobro, and Ronnie Bowman on vocals. The fine pickin' by all on Be Still Moses is even surpassed by their vocal arrangement. Cumberland Moon should be a folk hit. There is not a bad track. Bluegrass born or city centered, you will enjoy this band's spirit and talent. This could be a Desert Island Disc!
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